2) Pew released a report showing that more Mexican immigrants were leaving the US than coming while the Supreme Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of Arizona’s illegal immigration law from 2010.
3) In Libya, authorities outlawed all political parties based on religious, ethnic, or tribal allegiance ahead of elections scheduled for June. The ruling government said that its aim was to preserve “national unity.”
My favorite jokes from last night’s White House Correspondents' Dinner:
Obama: “Now, if I do win a second term as President, let me just say something to all the -- (applause) -- let me just say something to all my conspiracy-oriented friends on the right who think I'm planning to unleash some secret agenda: You're absolutely right. (Laughter.) So allow me to close with a quick preview of the secret agenda you can expect in a second Obama administration. In my first term, I sang Al Green; in my second term, I'm going with Young Jeezy. (Laughter.)”
Jimmy Kimmel: “If this had happened on President Clinton’s watch, you can damn well bet those Secret Service agents would have been disciplined with a very serious high five.”
Top Stories – Why Do They Hate Us? Mona Eltahawy is Right About Misogyny in the Arab World (Alexandra Zimmerman) – Mona Eltahawy's recent article in Foreign Policy has caused a stir, but she's right about women in the Arab world.
Do Gay People Judge Each Other Too Much? (Jeffrey Hartinger) – As a gay male in my 20's, it seems as if those from my community are just as judgmental as those who try to oppress us.
How Jon Stewart Became the Voice for Millennials (Nolan Kraszkiewicz) – With his unique blend of comedy, satire, and commentary, Jon Stewart has become the preeminent news source for millennials concerning politics and current events.
Republicans, Take Note: Here's What Mitt Romney Must Do to Win the Youth Vote (Marko Ceperkovic) – Eight millennials share their thoughts about how Romney could win their vote. It's not totally helpless for the GOP.
What we’re reading – How Apple Sidesteps Billions in Taxes (NYT) – “Apple has created [legal] subsidiaries in low-tax places like [Nevada], Ireland, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and the British Virgin Islands — some little more than a letterbox or an anonymous office — that help cut the taxes it pays around the world ... Apple serves as a window on how technology giants have taken advantage of tax codes written for an industrial age and ill suited to today’s digital economy.”
Understanding Iran's Diplomatic Strategy (Al Jazeera) – Obama administration has misread Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Iran isn't accumulating centrifuges for a nuclear weapons program, rather as leverage for larger bargain with America. US must change tack, prepare to negotiate seriously.
How Samuel L. Jackson Became His Own Genre (NYT) – One hundred films in forty years. $7.4 billion in total takings. This is how a young boy from Chattanooga, Tennessee, became highest-grossing film actor in history. “I was a great alcoholic and drug addict like actors of old."
The Trust Molecule (WSJ) – "In our blood and in the brain, oxytocin appears to be the chemical elixir that creates bonds of trust not just in our intimate relationships but also in our business dealings, in politics and in society at large."